Thanks for the prompt responses!!!
Good afternoon guys and gals and thank you so much for the information and help. If I may, I will answer the question about why I want to remove the front bumper. As I have read on this and other forums, I have had my fog lights blow two times. Now, I guess I'm paranoid now from what the other Bonnie owners have said about fog lights, so I ordered a complete HID kit for the fog lights and headlights. I tried to reach into the engine bay, behind the headlight to remove the bulb to start the process, but couldn't unhook the latch. I am a pretty handy woman and can follow good instructions well, but I became frustrated when I couldn't get the bulb out. I also saw you can go in from the wheel well, which is my next option. I want to replace the wires too for the fog lights, but not with the GM wiring harnass.
I also really think my Bonnie would look cute if I painted the grill inserts red! My body guy told me I have to remove the front bumper to get them out. I read on another forum how they used Fusion paint for their grill insert paint job, which came out great. Just a thought.
Now to the big mess. My NS engine problems. It started about two and a half years ago when my car went totally dead and wouldn't turn over. I thought it was a simple jump and my neighbor and I tried, but it wouldn't start. Part of it may have been my fault bc I didn't drive the car enough, according to one of my mechanics, who is in my field of work, so I trust his judgement. I took it to his guy and he put the alternator in.
Around 1 1/2 to 2 years ago the check engine light came on for low anti freeze. I didn't see any evidence of a leak, so I really didn't worry about it when it would come on sporadically. After a while, the light would stay on and I would smell anti-freeze. Then I say evidence of the leak. I took it to my first mechanic above a couple of times and he said they would leave the car running for a while, but could not find the leak. They topped it off with Dexcool and sent me on my way. I was okay with it. He also told me that my car was very difficult to work on.
About two weeks ago, I took it to my second mechanic, who I am also comfortable with, to see if he could find the leak, do front brakes and to do an overall check on the car. He told me I needed a front motor mount, did the front brakes and rotors, flushed the transmission fluid, noticed a minute leak near the oil cooler lines he said not to worry about and finally, said he could not find the antifreeze leak.
As I type this response, my car is at the car dealership being worked on for a diagnosis of bad oil cooler lines and the antifreeze leak is the gasket between the water heater housing and engine block. I can't remember the name of the part. According to the dealer, it'* a 6 hour repair. My total bill for the cooler lines and gasket job will be about $1600.00, with tax. I told the service tech to call me if he thinks I should go ahead and replace the water pump too, which I will probably have him do since it'* such a difficult job.
I removed my instrument cluster bc the voltmeter stepper motor went bad. I sent it out a couple of days ago and it will be $89 for a full rebuild. Not bad and definitely worth it.
I would love to keep my Bonnie, but I'm afraid of other expensive repairs, like something with the steering. Comments or advice. If I could find a GXP owner who is able to guide me in repairs in NJ that would be great. Ciao and thanks